• Acteurs

    Borne out of a Windy City. This band is a collision of fevered minds and musical spirits, of great friends, of many influences. They are Acteurs. The pair, Jeremy Lemos and Brian Case know their way around a mixing desk. Both have long, immaculate CV’s with the cream of the U.S alternative scene, from Disappears to White Light / White Heat. Their self-titled debut from Spring 2013 stretched the studio to its limit and confounded and excited critics alike. New matter will emerge from these Chicago heads in early 2014. Expect uncomfortable, groove based thrust, pop-not-pop, punch punch punch electronics, amped out punk. Live, the thrill is modular brutal metallic precision-armed mechanical funk.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: laetitia@annexagency.co.uk

  • Andy Stott

    Andy Stott made his debut for the Modern Love label in 2005 with the ‘Replace EP’ – a 4 track exposition of his uniquely slanted production style taking in Chi-Town and Motor City influences with an obtuse genetic code at its core. In the years since he has released over a dozen EP’s and two albums under his own name, as well as several productions under the Andrea moniker for Modern Love’s ‘Daphne’ sublabel. Refusing to settle, his output has veered from deepest Techno to broken Garage, slowed down House and hyperactive Footwork – always referencing his unique stylistic signatures: deep, complex and oddly beautiful.

    2011 saw the release of two EP’s ‘Passed Me By’ and ‘We Stay Together’ – companion pieces which saw a shift of sound into ever more frayed territory, slowing the tempos down for a set of tracks that grabbed the attention of many and ended up on countless year-end charts. The following year produced what is by now regarded as a landmark album ‘Luxury Problems’, – a record that introduced new elements; most notably the vocals of Alison Skidmore, Andy’s piano teacher from back in his school days. A combination of accessible yet inherently deviant tropes and a production style which has become more individual and identifiable with the passing of time and has attracted a huge amount of interest, with countless features.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk
    The Americas: miro@surefireagency.com

  • AUDINT

    Originally formatted in 1945, AUDINT currently consists of Toby Heys and Steve Goodman/Kode9. Drafted into the research cell in 2009 by IREX2, they have been directed to investigate the ways in which ultrasonic, sonic, and infrasonic frequencies are used to demarcate the soundscape and to subsequently perceive how their martial and civil deployments modulate psychological and physiological states. The information garnered from this research is subsequently utilised to enact installations, performances, books, and films.

    AUDINT’s multi-sensory installations employ Unsound Systems (directional ultrasonic speakers, bespoke sub woofers, and wearable vibrating SubPacs) in dark humid rooms. Integral to each work is the Dead Record Archive – a chronicle of events, songs, books, scientists, historical figures, technologies, films, laws, etc that pertain to the ways in which frequencies psychologically and physiologically affect humans. This illustrated archive is composed on the insides of vinyl record sleeves. In this way AUDINT use and amplify the other side of sonic culture – the side of the record usually kept in the dark – music as a weapon. Installations have been carried out at venues such as – The Academy of Art in Berlin, Art in General in New York, the Unsound Festival in Krakow, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Herford (MARTA), Germany. Performances have been done at Transmediale, Berlin, The White Building, London, and the New Forms Festival, Vancouver.

    Their first book (‘Dead Record Office’) and vinyl record (‘Delusions of the Living Dead’/’DRNE Cartography’) are released together on AUDINT Records in the same limited edition triple gatefold package called ‘Martial Hauntology’ which also contains 6 large colour prints. By recounting the history of AUDINT since its inception, the book investigates deceptive frequency-based strategies, technologies, and programs developed by military organisations since 1944 to orchestrate the spectral phenomena of a haunting within an area of conflict. Instances of this frequency-based haunting of the battlefield include – World War II when the U.S. military’s Ghost Army pioneered speaker based deception techniques and apparatus; the Vietnam War in which the U.S. military deployed ‘Wandering Soul’ (‘Ghost Number 10′) tapes that imitated the voices of dead Vietcong fighters from helicopter mounted speaker units; and in Guantánamo Bay, where detainees who were legally dead yet biologically alive were tortured by Death Metal music.

    New sonic and written instalments of the AUDINT’s archive will become available through AUDINT Records over the coming years. A 30-minute animated film based on the ‘Dead Record Office’ book is meanwhile in production as is a cassette release for the Reel Torque label out of Manchester.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: katarzyna@annexagency.co.uk

  • Austin Cesear

    After spending his formative years experimenting with recording methods and FX chains, Oakland based producer Austin Cesear quietly released his transportive debut LP Cruise Forever–a heady trip through raw, dub-damaged techno and spectral ambience–in late 2012 on the Public Information label. The record quickly snowballed praise from critics and peers alike, leading to co-signs from Cosmin TRG, Ben UFO and Holly Herndon among others, as well as appearances in mixes by the likes of Anthony Naples and Huerco S.
    Perhaps the most defining feature of Cesear’s music is his distinctive balance of hard, nearly obstinate repetition and beguilingly subtle entropy. With its uncanny ability to draw such connections between the aural and real– whereas most dance music is satisfied just to make you move, Cesear’s live mix of house, techno, and experimental electronics entreats you to feel exactly what moves you.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: laetitia@annexagency.co.uk

  • Bill Kouligas

    Bill Kouligas is a musician, designer and dj operating between NYC and Berlin. He is founder of the record label PAN, which recalibrates perceptions of the avant-garde and electronic dance music. Bill’s insistence on following his own path and passion has won acclaim from thinkers, collectors, and dancers alike, and puts his vision at the forefront of the electronic vanguard. After many years of performing and producing experimental music under different aliases this will be an all new live electronic set.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk

  • Clay Rendering

    Clay Rendering began in the fall of 2012, born of Aries couple Mike (Hair Police, Failing Lights, ex-Wolf Eyes) and Tara Connelly (The Haunting, The Pool at Metz). The band is dedicated to resurrection with a focus on arcane structures. Electronics and beats mix with acoustics, vocals and guitars to create uncompromising songs drifting somewhere between Shoegaze, Industrial, Metal, Pop, and Ambient music. They have two 12″s and one 7″ to their name thus far: Vengeance CandleWaters Above the Firmament, and the brand new Fire is Fall’s Rose 7″, all released by Hospital Productions.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: katarzyna@annexagency.co.uk

  • Conor Thomas

    Conor Thomas works for Boomkat.com and runs Manchester’s Faktion events. He’s been DJing in the city for ten years playing the spectrum of electronic and dance music and was recently invited to play both Berlin’s Berghain and Golden Püdel in Hamburg. He’s also brought a wealth of new, innovative, world class electronic (and otherwise) musicians to the city for Faktion, from Shangaan Electro and Anthony Shakir to Rashad Becker and Omar Souleyman, among many others. Conor co-curates the Boomkat Editions and Death of Rave labels.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk, assisted by laetitia

  • Cut Hands

    A project heavily inspired by William Bennett’s fascination for Haitian vaudou, deploying Central African percussion in radical new ways, generating an intense sound unrivalled in its physical and emotional intensity. The name was derived from the song Cut Hands Has The Solution by his original Whitehouse project. 2011 marked the Cut Hands debut release, the critically acclaimed and best-selling Afro Noise I album, since followed by Black Mamba on Blackest Ever Black in 2012, and 2013′s incredible Madwoman on Downwards. The distinctive Cut Hands art aesthetic and design is provided by vévé artist Mimsy DeBlois, whose amazing paintings feature on several Cut Hands covers and live posters. Cut Hands music has also featured in many films including Siberia: Krokodil Tears (2011), Inside Syria (2011), Kings Of Cannabis (2013), Snoop Dogg’s movie Reincarnated (2012), and Julien Temple’s Glastonbury (2012).

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk
    The Americas: miro@surefireagency.com

  • Demdike Stare

    Demdike Stare is a collaboration between Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker, two childhood friends from the North of England with voracious appetites
    for record collecting. After years spent mining vinyl bins for source material, the pair started working in earnest back in 2008, re-appropriating sounds they had spent a lifetime cataloguing into weird and immersive music of their own. Demdike have so far produced a trio of albums (Symbiosis, Tryptych and Elemental) loosely themed around the occult and the rich heritage of Library music, while a number of intriguing mixtapes released over the last couple of years have indicated that the project is headed in new and unexpected directions.

    In 2013 the first in an ongoing series of exploratory 12″s brought together under the ‘Testpressing’ banner appeared on Modern Love, finding Demdike heading onto more intense, brutal terrain. Inspired by everything from Industrial music to Noise, Free Jazz to House, Techno and Concrète – Demdike Stare have refused to rest on their laurels or become too comfortable with their surroundings, something that’s perhaps most evident when evaluating the sheer scale of the projects they have undertaken in the last 18 months. From live-scoring films for the BFI to more commercial soundtrack work in Hollywood, from their ‘Concealed’ productions with Krakow’s Sinfonietta Cracovia, to the esoteric selections of their ‘Before My Eyes’ sessions with Raime/BEB and the searing late night sets anyone lucky enough to have seen them play will no doubt have imprinted on their minds – you just never know what mood you’ll find them in.

    Demdike Stare are represented in association with our partners at Surefire Agency.
    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: paul and chloe@annexagency.co.uk
    The Americas: miro@surefireagency.com

  • DJ Benetti

    The first show was in the earliest days of the legendary Cocadisco club in London’s West End, run by Piers Martin – Cocadisco, with the help of DJ Benetti, pioneered the Italo disco revival in London since then Benetti has performed sets at festivals and clubs regularly all around the world: Japan, Australia, USA, Germany, Poland, Italy, Ireland, and many other countries – in the UK also at Bloc, Faktion, CUM, Optimo, Cry Parrot, Cocadisco, Zazou, ItaloBlack, Juicy?, and many others.
    FATTI (despite some grains of truth of course the following is all fun nonsense because Benetti is a totally made-up character)

    Who is Benetti? Some ‘facts’ from his ‘bio’:

    - first gig at a Mafia-controlled pizza restaurant in Vigevano (Northern Italy) in 1980
    - owns an enormous collection of rare Italo CDs and vinyl, filling three huge rooms and a basement in his house
    - a cognoscento in making a special aphrodisiac spaghetti a la slinguata
    - big in China, especially in cities like Shanghai and Hang Zhou (where he lived for 18 months as paid guest of the Communist town council)
    - during a big Eurobeat party in Byelorussia last October he was playing at to 2,000 people, some visiting army recruits from the local garrison started firing guns into the ceiling and literally brought part of the roof down
    - DJed at a katoey bar, Soi Cowboy, in Bangkok for two months before falling out with the local police force over unpaid bribes for live sex shows
    - did a set of rapidissimo para para in Roppongi (Tokyo) which got out of control when a large group of teenage girls got assatanate and started stripping to Delta Force’s Bang Bang and Lolita’s Cherry Girl
    - spends more than 50% of his income on his beloved D&G clothes and accessories

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk
    The Americas: miro@surefireagency.com

  • EVOL

    Roc Jiménez de Cisneros and Stephen Sharp make computer music for hooligans and deconstructed rave objects. Their music has been published on record labels like Entr’acte, Editions Mego, Presto!?, fals.ch or their very own ALKU, and showcased at festivals, clubs, galleries and museums throughout the world. EVOL recordings, installations and performances have a unique approach to sound matter, full of upward spirals, trance inducing patterns and challenging temporal structures.
    Recent works include the LP “Proper Headshrinker”, published by Editions Mego, “Something Inflatable”, released on ALKU, a classic acid mix for iDEAL, and cassettes for Last Foundation and Sludge Tapes. They are currently working on stuff for Diagonal, Presto!?, BUS, Romvos, and Khalija.

    http://vivapunani.org

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: katarzyna@annexagency.co.uk

  • G.H.

    Having survived playing in several metal bands in the early 90′s, GH (Gary Howell) was involved in various electronic/experimental projects before forming Pendle Coven with Miles Whittaker and releasing their debut EP in 2003 for Modern Love. Howell has remained an integral part of the label ever since, releasing his debut solo endeavour as G.H – the ‘Ground’ EP –  in 2011. Despite a sparse and considered approach to both production and live work, G.H has made notable appearances at various high profile shows at Berghain, for a Boiler Room special and, most recently, for Richie Hawtin’s ‘Enter’ night at Space in Ibiza. G.H also continues an occasional collaborative project with label mates Andy Stott and Miles Whittaker as part of the HATE soundsystem, and is currently working on new G.H. material due for release on Modern Love in the near future.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk

  • Helena Hauff

    Helena Hauff is a DJ and producer from Hamburg, Germany, where she runs a club night called Birds and Other Instruments at the Golden Pudel Club.
Helena’s sound as a DJ can’t be nailed down as she cuts between genres with ease. Dirty Acid, Chicago, Electro and Wave mixed in an obsessive way, as you can hear on Blackest Ever Black’s sub label Krokodilo Tapes, where she released a limited edition mix tape, ‘Obscure Object’.
    As a producer this obsessive nature comes across in the intensity of her music. This can be seen in her releases that have been on Actress’s Werkdiscs imprint, and Bunker offshoot, Panzerkreuz. In addition, she is half of ‘Black Sites’ along with F#X, who have also seen a release on Panzerkreuz as well as PAN

    Helena is available for DJ bookings and also live as Hypnobeat.

    Hypnobeat Rooted in the concept of a “neo-tribal” approach; reducing electronics to the emotional, hypnotic rhythm core, James Dean Brown founded Hypnobeat in 1983. Affected by the energy and the emotional impact of polyrhythms, their live sets turned out to become machine improvisations centered around the inimitable sound of the Roland TR-808 plus a wide range of analog gear including up to six synchronized rhythm machines. Active contributors to the tape scene of the 80′s, two retrospective Hypnobeat vinyl albums are planned for release in 2014 on Serendip and Dark Entries.

    In 2012 Hypnobeat retransformed from its successor Narcotic Syntax (Perlon) with an exclusive live solo performance of James Dean Brown in Paris. Now 2013 sees the exciting new evolution of Hypnobeat with Helena Hauff joining the project. Available for live shows consisting of 1 x TR-707 + 3 x TR-808 + 1x TB-303 + an array of effects, Hypnobeat (James Dean Brown + Helena Hauff) is resurrected.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: abi@annexagency.co.uk

  • Helm

    Helm is Luke Younger, a sound artist and experimental musician based in London, working with a vast array of revolving instrumentation and abstract sound sources. Younger’s compositions build dense aural landscapes that incorporate elements of musique concrete and industrial music alongside hallucinatory drones and various acousmatic phenomena. Instruments morph into spectral rust, a shimmering klang swims alongside passive noise and the relationship between acoustic and electronic derived sounds forms a solid foundation.
    To date, he has produced three full length albums; the self-released debut To An End, in 2010, Cryptography on Graham Lambkin’s (The Shadow Ring) KYE label in 2011 and 2012′s Impossible Symmetry beginning an ongoing collaboration with Bill Kouligas’ PAN label. 2013 and 2014 saw the release of two new EPs, Silencer and The Hollow Organ which were both well received by press and fans alike. Helm has developed an increasingly busy worldwide touring schedule also, sharing stages with artists as diverse and disparate as William Basinski, Destruction Unit, Cut Hands, Joe Colley, Amen Dunes, The Haters, Wild Classical Music Ensemble, Oneohtrix Point Never, Iceage, Tony Conrad, Terror Danjah, HTRK, Lee Gamble, Kevin Drumm and many more.

    TIMELINE OF “NOTABLE” / MEMORABLE EVENTS (AS OF JULY 2014):

    2010 – Self released the To An End album giving birth to the Alter label. First concert opening for Graham Lambkin and Call Back The Giants at Cafe Oto, London.

    2011 – Cryptography released on Graham Lambkin’s KYE label. Full page interview in the Wire Magazine, issue 333. More concerts with Mark McGuire, Oneohtrix Point Never and an extensive European tour with Elg and Tomutonttu. Cryptography makes the Wire Magazine’s top 50 albums of 2012.

    2012 – Start the year with the first seated performance on the Boiler Room. Impossible Symmetry released on PAN with a video for album track Liskojen Yo made by friend Simone Trabucci (Hundebiss Records / Dracula Lewis). Geneva Cave cassette released in a micro edition on Hospital Productions. Performance at De La Warr Pavilion for the closing event of Cerith Wyn Evans’ exhibition – leaves equipment in a taxi at the end of the night, gets it back 25 minutes later. More concerts in the UK and Europe, including performances at OutFest (Portugal), Berghain (Berlin) and Unsound Festival (Poland). Finish the year with another Boiler Room appearance, though this time it was done standing up.

    2013 – European tour with Tropa Macaca. First appearances in Scotland – Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. PAN showcase tour of Switzerland and Italy with Lee Gamble and Bill Kouligas. Noisefest at De Kruen, Kortrijk. A concert with Helge Sten and others in Stavangar processing an extremely large and expensive organ to 5 people. Invitation to perform alongside the artist Charles Atlas at the Tate Modern for one of his multi channel video works. The event sells out and a recording of the performance later appears as a cassette release on the Where To Now? label. More concerts; Arnolfini in Bristol, Live Arts Week in Bologna, Donau Festival in Austria, Stubnitz. First attempt at conquering America at the PAN fest in NYC and Boston. Silencer 12″ EP is released on PAN and Alter. A few more festivals including Bozar Electronic (Belgium), Semibreve (Portugal) and Soy (France) and three gigs slumming it in the UK with Destruction Unit. 6 page feature in the Wire Magazine covering Helm and Heatsick rounds off the year.

    2014 – Another 12″ EP, The Hollow Organ released on PAN. Shattered Miniatures cassette released on Ascetic House. USA and UK tour with Damien Dubrovnik. Lyon and Amsterdam. A fantastic meal in Vittorio Veneto with Nico Vascellari and friends, followed by a performance his Codalunga venue. More time in the USA again. Performances at Fasma Festival (Athens), Monotype Festival (Warsaw), Norberg (Sweden), Atonal (Berlin). Recording of the fourth album begins, decides to write an events timeline for the project in the third person.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk, assisted by katarzyna

  • Kevin Drumm

    Kevin Drumm is an experimental musician based in Chicago, United States. His work is best regarded within the context of electronic music with strong connections to electroacoustic music. From early participation as a prepared guitar player in Chicago’s experimental scene, Drumm has developed an unorthodox and expansive recorded oeuvre including numerous and noted collaborations with RLW(Ralf Wehowsky), Daniel Menche, Axel Dörner, Lasse Marhaug, Taku Sugimoto, Prurient, Leif Elggren and Mats Gustaffson, among others. He is a formidable and consummate live performer, presently tending to use cheap test equipment and computers.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk, assisted by katarzyna

  • Lee Gamble

    The Birmingham native, now London residing came up Djing on pirate radio stations, and spent his teenage years in the midst of the the emerging Jungle scene. However, his own approach to music took a more experimental route. Since the early 2000s, Lee created an abstract and sculptural form of computer music, releasing for the Entr’acte label. Following on from his 2006 ’80mm O!I!O’, 2009′s ‘Join Extensions’ album and a 2010 cassette collaboration with artist Yutaka Makino.
    His music since then has undergone something of a further reinvention. His deconstruction of Jungle on ‘Diversions 1994-1996′ released on the PAN label received wide critical acclaim, making many high ‘end of year chart’ (from The Wire Magazine to FACT) positions at the end of 2012. His full length LP released a month later; the techno-indebted ‘Dutch Tvashar Plumes’ – represented yet another new approach for Gamble; “an inspired syncretism of dance music forms and his past concerns that feels incredibly relevant to late 2012 without allowing even a wisp of faddishness to cling to it…”. ‘Tvashar’ also received much accolade with FACT Magazine awarding it their ‘Best British Album’ from the ‘Alternative Brit Awards 2013′  ’Dutch Tvashar Plumes’ caught our ear like no other British record this year.
    As a Dj, Lee performs regularly as a vinyl dj playing a heady mixture of House and Techno. Lee is also available for bookings playing all vinyl sets mainly from ‘The Golden Age of Jungle’.
    Lee performs live and DJs in Europe, the US and Japan.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk, assisted by katarzyna
    The Americas: miro@surefireagency.com

  • Lorenzo Senni

    Tireless investigator of dance music’s mechanisms and working parts, and head of respected experimental label Presto!?, the Italian musician produced one of the last couple of years most unique albums “Quantum Jelly” (on label Editions Mego).
 An amazing deconstruction of sound and rave culture in the 90’s, carefully analysing it’s constituent parts for reuse in a very different context, with repetition and isolation as key concepts.
    His work explores the idea of the “buildup” found in euphoric dance music as a starting point to make a non-uplifting, more introspective piece that implicitly preserves its emotional tension and drama. The music often begins with one simple idea or musical pattern, forcing it into a sonic spiral of percussive, endlessly contagious, arpeggiated melodies.
    Lorenzo Senni, who coined the term “Pointillistic Trance” to describe his approach on Quantum Jelly, is described as a sadistic scientist that is ripping the spinal cord out of trance and dangling it in front of our eyes.
    Critically acclaimed “Quantum Jelly” was 10th on Boomkat TOP100 of 2012, 34th on Fact TOP50 releases of 2012, 7th on DEBUG November 2012 Chart. With his side project STARGATE, released on the italian Hundebiss, with “Hexplore Superfluidity” and played almost 30 gigs around Europe in 2013. 
Lorenzo Senni is also part of the power-trio One Circle along with Vaghe Stelle & A:RA. In September 2013 they released their first Ep on Left_Blank.
    As founder of Presto!? Records, he has released albums by a number of internationally acclaimed artists including Florian Hecker, Carsten Holler, DJ Stingray, Carl Michael Von Hausswolff, Palmistry, Marcus Schmickler, just to name a few.
    He has composed music for Cinema, Theater and the soundtrack for last Yuri Ancarani award-winning movie “Da Vinci”, showed at 55th Venice Biennale – Best international short film ” @RIDM – Montreal – Award for Most Technically Innovative Film at ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL 51st EDITION
He also wrote music for R’n'B singer Tom Krell aka How To Dress Well.
    Lorenzo Senni played international festival CTM 13 Golden Age, SONAR 2013 20th Anniversary , Supersimetria, Club To Club, Donau Festival, has exhibited his work and carried out performances at Centre Pompidou (Paris), Casa da Musica (Porto), Auditorium Rai (Torino), Berghain (Berlin), SPACE (London), Gasconade (Milan), Zabludowicz Foundation (London), 1M3 (Lausanne), S.M.A.K. (Ghent)

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: katarzyna@annexagency.co.uk

  • M.E.S.H.

    A resident at the now infamous Janus party in Berlin, M.E.S.H. follows up releases with kindred labels Dyssembler and Black Ocean with his debut PAN EP, ’Scythians’.

    In addition to his club experience, M.E.S.H’s work is equally well contextualized by his community of peers – he is a frequent collaborator with contemporary artist Aleksandra Domanović, has exchanged remixes with Arca and Fatima Al Qadiri, and is a formative figure in an ascendent community of net aware underground club artists in Berlin including Lotic, Renaissance Man and TCF.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: laetitia@annexagency.co.uk

  • Mark Fell

    Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield (UK). After studying experimental film and video art at the local polytechnic he reverted to earlier interests in computational technology, music and synthetic sound. In 1998 he initiated a series of critically acclaimed record releases, featuring both collaborative and solo works, on labels including Mille Plateaux, Line, Editions Mego, Raster Noton and Alku. Fell is widely known for combining popular music styles, such as electronica and techno, with more academic approaches to computer-based composition with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems. His recent musical practice has become increasingly informed by non-Western musics, this is evident in two linked works “Multistablity” and “UL8” which explore a number of unfamiliar timing and tuning systems. Uncut magazine called these “completely mind-blowing” and the Wire magazine said these were “amazing”. As well as recorded works Fell produces installation pieces often using multiple speaker systems. Although well versed in the use of ambisonics, his work in this area is characterised by ‘non-illusion based’ approaches where multiple waveshapes are spatially distributed to form complex synthetic sonic environments. The diversity and importance of Fell’s practice is reflected in the range and scale of international institutions that present his work – from large super clubs such as Berghain (Berlin), to Hong Kong National Film archive and many others. Fell has received commissions from prestigious institutions including Francesca Von Habsburg’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna) with a premier at Seville Biennale of Art, and the National Ballet of Madrid have performed to his works. He has been recognised by ARS Electronica (Linz) with an Honorary mention in the digital musics category, and was shortlisted for the Quartz award for his contribution to research in digital music. In addition to his creative practice Fell has been involved in a number of academic research projects ranging from computer science to musicology, and as a curator Fell is widely recognised for his contribution to the development of experimental electronic music in Europe.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk
    The Americas: forest@surefireagency.com

  • Miles

    Miles Whittaker has been releasing material on Modern Love for over a decade, first as one half of Pendle Coven, then on his own as MLZ (now just Miles), and eventually pairing up with Sean Canty to record as Demdike Stare. In between he’s headed down more experimental terrain under the Suum Cuique moniker, produced Jungle for the HATE project and (together with Andy Stott) taken on the occasional release as Millie & Andrea for Modern Love sublabel Daphne. He is also an admired, exhilarating DJ, his sets have been known to span a broad spectrum of electronic music, from the obscure UK techno of labels like Radioactive Lamb and Irdial, to classic Chicago House, Detroit Techno and – most importantly – early 90’s jungle and breakbeat, feeding into his love of the most uncompromising end of the Italian experimental movement, Musique Concrète, Synthwave and contemporary Noise.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk
    The Americas: miro@surefireagency.com

  • Millie & Andrea

    AKA Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott. The gender bending pseudonym was invented to cater for their taste in all things stepper, from subtle jungle nods to out and out dubstep bangers.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk

  • Neotantrik

    Consisting of Pre-Cert Records label founders Andy Votel (Finders Keepers) and Sean Canty (Demdike Stare) the Neotantrik project is a multi-disciplined combination of sound installation, DJ’ed music, found film footage and live instrument interaction which finally provides a new, unrestricted platform for both of these well respected producers and archivists to present and contextualise some of their greatest joined assets. Having worked together for over ten years Canty and Votel have perfected an uninhibited musical format merging over 5 decades of untapped and unblinkered research material approaching synchronised transcendental / nu-religious / metaphysical and sensual music forms from a new perspective. Drawing direct influences from teutonic electronics, library music, new-age / private music , sound sculpture and field recordings (film / phonographic / tape) this elongated sonic swell of varied and unfamiliar soundscapes is a multi-purpose activity which shares and recreates unknown music without the whimsical restraints that have come to typify todays standardised DJ performances.
    By further contrasting processed modular synth tones with transposed melodic pulses and lo-fi domestic sounds Neotantrik paints basic positive psychological sound relationships in the form of an open archive of improvised referential experiments as apposed to a contrived finished product and leaves open ended avenues for further performances and recordings.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk

  • NHK’Koyxen

    Born in Osaka, Kouhei Matsunaga is a musician and an illustrator. He started drawing during childhood under the influence of his grandfather. He grew up listening to hardcore- techno and hip hop, studied architecture and has been mainly making music since 1992. Under many different aliases (NHK, NHKyx, Internet Magic, Koyxen) he has released numerous albums on labels such as Skam Records, Wordsound, Raster Noton and his first ever album “Upside Down” on Mille Plateaux in 1998. He has also collaborated with artists like Merzbow, Jungle Brothers’ Sensational, Autechre’s Sean Booth, Mika Vainio, Conrad Schnitzler, Anti Pop Consorium’s High Priest, Rudolf Eb.er, Puppetmastaz crew, Asmus
    Tietchens, Ralf ‘RLW’ Wehowsky and so on. His own label Flying Swimming was founded in 2002 with the main purpose being to publish and curate events of experimental contemporary music and art. NHK’Koyxeи ‘Dance Classics Volumes on PAN are his ongoing development of his more dance oriented material, as seen from his sets with Sensational and also his other minimal techno project NHK.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: laetitia@annexagency.co.uk
    The Americas: miro@surefireagency.com

  • Ninos du brasil

    Ninos Du Brasil is a project whose origins and background have remained shrouded in mystery.
    Dedicated to a bold and unlikely mixture of noise, batucada, samba and electronic, their sporadic live appearances have already become legendary and mythological.
    Be it a punk squat in Belgium or the famous Venice Biennale of Architecture, Ninos Du Brasil, without fail, rally the troops, from every walk of life, and create some of the biggest festival style parties on the dance floor.
    For those fortunate enough to have witnessed Ninos Du Brasil live, their stories comprise of otherworldly experiences. NDB’s condensed yet intense set is a fervent intermixture of old school techno, stadium spirit choruses, Carnival style parade celebrations unified with the physical intensity of old school hardcore shows.
    Their debut album, titled ’Muito NDB’ is a declared war against the stupidity and superficiality of pop music as well as the current reticence and behavioural inhibition of the dance halls and public venues .
    The tracks on the album are weapons of percussion consisting of cuica , congas , bells , Jambe , rollers , plates, claves , maracas , whistles , bells and animal calls — married with non-traditional
    instruments: bottles, cans, pieces of wood and undefined rubbish. The goal, to encourage the public to discover and embrace a sexual and instinctual approach to rhythm and existence . ‘Muito N.D.B.’ was ignorant but not stupid, visionary, risky, improper and excessive.
    Throughout the early days of Ninos Du Brasil, the band wilfully chose to keep their identities and history secret. It wasn’t until the release of their debut record that fans discovered who the mystery beat masters were. Both Nico and Nicolo were members of one of the most respected, important and controversial ’90s hardcore / punk bands, With Love (released on Omar Rodriguez of The Mars Volta and At The Drive In’s label GSL).

    Nico Vascellari is internationally recognised as one of the most important visual artists of his generation. He is also known and revered in the music world with such projects as With Love to Lago Morto.  In addition, Nico has also collaborated with a collection of accomplished and diverse musicians including Prurient, Ghedalia Tazartes, Aaron Dilloway and  Z’EV among many others. In 2005 he founded Codalunga, a space devoted to experimental audio and video and together with Carlos Casas he runs the label Von Archives.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk

  • Powell

    Powell established his Diagonal imprint in 2011 as an outlet for two acclaimed 12s that merged a personal fetish for No Wave, Post-Punk and EBM with a future-facing appreciation of outer dancefloor styles. He has since contributed EPs to Mute’s Liberation Technologies and the Boomkat affiliated Death of Rave. In all of his tracks, live instrumentation, destitute samples, raw synth tones and quickfire bursts of analog noise jostle around sinister, muscular grooves that drift across unconventional rhythmic structures. His DJ sets are fast, unpredictable and surprising — with few records off-limits. He prides himself in merging disparate references into something intense, coherent and unexpected.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk, assisted by laetitia
    The Americas: forest@surefireagency.com

  • Prurient

    Prurient is the ‘extreme performance electronics’ moniker from multi-media artist Dominick Fernow. In 1997 Fernow founded the Hospital Productions label which manifested itself as an infamous brick and mortar store, engineering studio and packaging workshop in Manhattan’s East Village. Since the 2000s, Prurient has become one of the most well-known and influential names in noise music, and has been covered in outlets such as The New Yorker, Pitchfork Media and The Village Voice.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk
    The Americas: miro@surefireagency.com

  • Rashad Becker

    rashad becker was born in 1970 owing to unprotected coition.

    he was admitted to the fortress europe at age 12.

    he grew up to be a certified emergency medical technician and  ornamental blacksmith but went on dedicating his professional life to less usefull things.

    since about 2000 he eats miso for it’s delicious taste and proclaimed health benefits.

    since about 2002 he started loosing his hair.

    currently his live sets evolve around  the angle of `traditional music of notional species`, a semi-abstract synthetic narrative that seems appealing to a surprisingly wide audience.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk

  • Russell Haswell

    Russell Haswell is a restlessly forward-thinking, multi-disciplinary artist, performer and curator born in Coventry and currently based in Suffolk, England. With a background steeped in computer music, black metal, noise, techno, free-stye and solo improvisation, his practice is renowned for broaching the extremities of visual and sonic arts. He’s performed in noted live and HDJ [hard disc jockey] actions with Aphex Twin, Gescom, Pan Sonic and Masami Akita (Merzbow), among others, and worked with Florian Hecker on Iannis Xenakis’ UPIC system in their Haswell & Hecker duo, whose ‘Blackest Ever Black’ (Warner Classics) LP is widely considered a milestone of modern electronic music composition. Russell’s recorded work has also been published by a wide number of esteemed imprints, most notably the 8 track CD catalogue ‘Live Salvage 1997 – 2000′ (Honorable Mention, Digital Music’s, Prix Ars Electronica) for Editions Mego, but also for Warp, Downwards, and his OR label, home to world’s first MiniDisc release. Most recently Russell collaborated with Regis as Concrete Fence on the combustible ‘New Release’ EP for PAN Records, and is currently prepping a forthcoming release for Powell’s Diagonal Records and a forthcoming “hyper edit” collaboration with PAIN JERK.

    Russell is also available for DJ bookings as Concrete Fence, with Karl O’Connor.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk

  • Sean Canty

    Sean Canty is a clinically diagnosed vinyl and VHS addict and key member of myriad musical projects – Demdike Stare and the DDS label with Miles Whittaker; Neotantrik and the Dead-Cert/Pre-Cert Home Entertainment axis with Andy Votel, among others. Whilst his roots lie in golden era and early Hip Hop, in the classic B-Boy sense his taste for the original breaks catalysed an awareness and even more expensive taste for all manner of esoteric obscurities, from rare Italian library music and soundtracks to the crenellated heights of private press avant-garde concrète and the undercurrents of new wave, no wave, noise and early Chicago and NY house music. Concurrent interests in alternative cinema and outsider culture richly inform Sean’s encyclopaedic knowledge of musical history and provide context for his consummate skill as selector and curator with a special focus on arcane atmosphere and transcendental grooves, best exhibited on numerous acclaimed mix tapes and CDs.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: laetitia@annexagency.co.uk

  • Sensate Focus

    Sensate Focus is a project by Sheffield-based artist and music producer Mark Fell, responding to the musical structures, techniques, vocabularies and sounds present in a collection of house musics produced in North America around 1992-1994.
    Through a series of records (released in conjunction with Editions Mego) and “live” presentations, Sensate Focus addresses the division of music into repeatable patterns of observable and fixed duration; the placement of percussive events at specific points within patterns to demarcate distinct levels of temporal division; the organisation and repetition of patterns to form larger “arrangements”; and, strategies by which layers of instrumentation are introduced and removed.
    For Fell this exercise necessarily implies a response to the technological structures, techniques and vocabularies present in equipment within which they are constituted, and their functionality within specific social contexts.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk
    The Americas: forest@surefireagency.com

  • TCF

    TCF is the moniker of Norwegian contemporary artist and musician Lars Holdhus. His work explores themes of code, cryptography and musical composition through the use of visual, sonic, built and written concepts. Holdhus creates a world that draws references from musique concrete, hardstyle, hardcore, poetry and digital artifacts. His practice shifts between art exhibitions and performing music pieces. Some recent exhibitions included Look….No Hands at HHDM in Vienna, Access Speed at Vault in Berlin and Driving Fast Nowhere at Polansky Gallery in Prague.

    The titles and descriptions of his work are written in cypher text, the key to which is hidden within the piece itself. The first release came out on YYAA tapes in 2013 and was made in a limited edition of 50 copies. His upcoming release on Liberation Technologies titled E4 15 C4 71 97 F7 8E 81 1F EE B7 86 22 88 30 6E C4 13 7F D4 EC 3D ED 8B further explores the cryptographic theme, consisting of digital and physical content containing the necessary keys to unlock the full meaning of the work.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk

  • Valerio Tricoli

    Valerio Tricoli (Palermo, Italy, 1977) is a composer and performer of electro-acoustic music.
    Since the mid ’00 is main instruments for live presentations is the Revox B77 reel-to-reel tape recorder, used as a completely analogue / ergonomic device for live sampling and real-time transformation / editing / mixing of pre-recorded (field or studio recordings) and made-on-the-spot sound sources, the latter usually being vocalizations (including speech and singing), small acoustic and electronic instruments, objects, the amplified sound of the room itself in which the concert takes place and – in the case of group sets – whatever is produced by the fellow musicians.
    On a formal level his sets focus on the impromptu creation of a narrative which takes into account the multiple relations intervening between reality, virtuality and memory during the acoustic event: sounds are always hovering between the “here and now” of the concert situation and the shady domain of memory – distant but at the same time present like in a deja-vu experience. Privileging fracture over continuity and by the use of a dynamic range that could often jump suddenly from near-silence to extreme blasts of sounds, an almost tactile feeling of brooding tension is often attained.
    His electro-acoustic studio compositions, documented on few records, are aligned to the tradition of Musique Concrète and explore themes of the internal – represented both by the psychological and the physical – and of the occult, which together with the large use of spoken text makes them often deeply existential works, self-investigations of the psychological, emotional and irrational horror within.
    His latest release “Miseri Lares” (PAN) has been described as a “album which reads like a story full of provocative signifiers which converge to create an allegory of unsettling beauty” (Mischa Mathys, The Formant).
    Over the years Valerio has been active in some long-term collaboration with other musicians, composers, choreographers and multimedia artists. He is a founding member of the italian avant-rock group 3/4HadBeenEliminated and has been working extensively with Thomas Ankersmit, Antoine Chessex, Werner Dafeldecker, Anthony Pateras, Robert Piotrowicz.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: katarzyna@annexagency.co.uk

  • Vatican Shadow

    Vatican Shadow is the ‘Militant Religious Industrial’ outfit from multi-media artist Dominick Fernow. In 1997 Fernow founded the Hospital Productions label which manifested itself as an infamous brick and mortar store, engineering studio and packaging workshop in Manhattan’s East Village. Currently residing in the Los Angeles desert, he has set up Bed Of Nails Compound,a new imprint for industrial techno and electronic environments.Vatican Shadow’s melodic loops and militant rhythms conspire upon the world stage of conflicts, where it isnt clear what side you are on or who is winning.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: chloe@annexagency.co.uk
    The Americas: miro@surefireagency.com

  • Veronica Vasicka

    Veronica Vasicka is a photographer, musician, DJ and founder of the epic record label and on-line music resource Minimal Wave. As one of the founding members of East Village Radio, she managed the station during its pirate days and began collecting obscure and long forgotten gems that fell somewhere between the Cold Wave, Post-Punk, Industrial and Synth-pop genres.
    Not knowing what to classify these bands as, she coined the genre Minimal Wave and set up the website minimalwave.com as an online resource to share her finds with the rest of the world.
    The response to the website was huge and shortly after its launch, Veronica began tracking these artists down and re-issuing their work on the Minimal Wave label. Most of these bands recorded extremely limited copies of their work in their basements and shared their work with the world via John Peel’s radio show and a handful of underground music mailings. The music released on the label ranges stripped down, D.I.Y. synth-pop to pioneering industrial electronics.
    In addition to running Minimal Wave, Veronica launched the Cititrax label as way to expose newer synth-based acts. She DJs monthly in her hometown, New York City, and around the world, as well as every Sunday from 6-8pm ET on her East Village Radio show Minimal Wave.
    She has released over 50 albums now, amongst them were two highly lauded compilations: The Minimal Wave Tapes: Volumes 1 and 2 which were picked up, released and distributed by Stones Throw Records.
    Veronica’s DJ sets range from raw, danceable industrial electronic to cold wave fused with mutant house and underground techno. She likes to tell a story when spinning and to teach the crowd about the roots of electronic music. She has a fantastic talent for synthesizing her influences into an unforgettable night of dancing.

    Europe, UK, Asia, Australia: laetitia@annexagency.co.uk

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